EASY LAVENDER SCONES…

afternoon tea

Ingredients

225g (8oz) Self Raising Flour
Pinch of salt
2g (½ handful) dried lavender flower heads
55g (2oz) Butter
25g (1oz) Caster Sugar
150ml (5fl oz) Milk

Method
Preheat oven to Gas 7/425F/220C

Mix flour, salt and lavender together then add butter together into a bowl and then rub in the butter or margarine gently with your finger tips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Make a well in the centre and stir in milk to make a fairly soft dough.

Turn onto a floured board and knead very slightly until smooth.

Pat out to a 2cm (¾ “) thickness and cut into rounds using a 2” (5cm) scone cutter. Lightly knead dough together and make more socnes. Brush scones with milk.

Place scones on a baking sheet and bake towards the top of a pre-heated oven for 12-15 minutes, until brown and well risen. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

Thornbury Castle, Thornbury, South Gloucs, BS35 1HH

Thornbury Castle, Thornbury, South Gloucs, BS35 1HH Te No 01454 281182
How about having an afternoon tea in a castle, Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire, as listed in afternoontea.co.uk

According to the Hotel, Kings and queens have stayed here. Courtiers have flirted with ladies-in-waiting in the ancient yew-hedged gardens. Serving girls have chattered in the stone-flagged courtyard. Today, Thornbury Castle still resonates with history and is the only Tudor castle in England to be open as a hotel… and it’s only 15 minutes from the M5.

However, step behind the heavy oak doors and you’ll find a magnificent hotel with roaring fires, delicious modern cuisine and sumptuous bedchambers – a truly special setting for an overnight stay, a weekend away or for more formal occasions.

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn once walked these rooms and grounds. Today, the 500 year-old castle-palace with its beautiful oriel windows, Tudor hall and historic parkland is yours for the duration of your stay. There has even been a vineyard within the castle walls for over 500 years, from which Thornbury Castle wine is still produced.

Enjoy a regal night’s sleep in the Duke’s Bedchamber where King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn slept or favour the Gloucester Bedchamber and wake up to a view of the oldest Tudor gardens in England – the Privy Garden and Goodly Garden.